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Colombian Constitutional Court grants “victim” status to member of armed rebel group suffering from forced and unsafe abortion, Sentencia SU-599/19, Communicado No. 50, December 11, 2019 (Constitutional Court of Colombia) “The decision is one of very few in the world to specifically recognise reproductive violence as a form of harm committed against women and girls in times of conflict” (Case comment by Dieneke de Vos). Decision in Spanish.
Nigerian High Court upheld failure to register an organization to protect lesbian women: Pamela Adie v. Corporate Affairs Commission, Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/827/2018. Decision of November 16, 2018 (Federal High Court of Nigeria at Abuja) Decision online. Case comment by Obiagbaoso Maryanne Nkechi.
“Abortion: Global Perspectives and Country Experiences,” edited by Iqbal H. Shah, Special Issue of Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, includes:
— “Abortion: Professional responsibility beyond safe healthcare,”
by Mahmoud F. Fathalla, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology 62 (Jan. 2020): 1-2) Editorial
— “Decriminalization of abortion – A human rights imperative,” by
Joanna N. Erdman and Rebecca J. Cook, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology 62 (Jan. 2020): 11-24) Abstract and article
—“When there are no abortion laws: A case study of Canada,”
by Dorothy Shaw and Wendy V. Norman, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology 62 (Jan. 2020): 49-62. Abstract and article.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters just published three issues for 2019:
— “The gender injustice of abortion laws,” by Joanna N. Erdman, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 27:1 (Feb 2019): 4-8, Abstract and article.
— “Criminalisation under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases,” by Verónica Undurraga, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 27.1 (Feb 2019): 41-51. Abstract and article.
— “Politics, power and sexual and reproductive health, by Sarah Pugh, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 27.2 (Oct. 2019): 1-5, Table of Contents. Editorial.
— “Eliminating stigma and discrimination in sexual and reproductive health care: a public health imperative,” by Julia Hussein and Laura Ferguson, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 27.3 (Dec 2019): 1-5 Table of Contents. Editorial.
“Abortion Law Reform” Special section of: Health and Human Rights Journal vol. 21.2 (December 2019), online here, includes:
— “Progress towards decriminalization of abortion and universal access to safe abortions: National Trends and Strategies,” editorial by Marge Berer and Lesley Hoggart
— “Abortion in Chile: The Long Road to Legalization and its Slow Implementation,” by Gloria Maira, Lidia Casas, and Lieta Vivaldi. Abstract and article.
—“Denial of Safe Abortion to Survivors of Rape in India,” by Padma Bhate-Deosthali and Sangeeta Rege. Abstract and article.
“Abortion in the Middle East and North Africa” another special section of: Health and Human Rights Journal 21.2 (December 2019), online here, introduced by:
— “The Limits of the Law: Abortion in the Middle East and North Africa,” by Irene Maffi and Liv Tønnessen, Introduction by guest editors.
Abortion Law Decisions webpage, with links to court decisions, updated January 2020, is online here.
[Inter-American] “Women’s Reproductive Rights: Repairing Gender-Based harm in the Inter-American System of Human Rights,” by Ciara O’Connell, PhD diss., University of Sussex, U.K., School of Law, Politics and Sociology, March 2017. Doctoral thesis online. Abstract and overview of case studies.
Links to employers in the field of Reproductive and Sexual Health Law are online here.
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